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Proshop News

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Club News

From Gary Walsh, Golf Manager: We hope you have enjoyed your golf throughout the Summer. It has been great to see the course in such fantastic condition this year and we have received extremely positive feedback on the condition of the course from both Members and visiting golfers. We now look forward to the Autumn months and I have no doubt Andy and his team will continue to deliver excellent course conditions. 

On September 19th we held another away day, this time at Pyrford Lakes in Surrey. 30 Members took part in the day and while the weather was looking bleak on the coach journey to Pyrford, the rain thankfully held off and everyone had an enjoyable day. The scoring on the day was excellent and we had a tie at the top between Zac Hill and Alex Bartleet with 45 points. Thank you to everyone who came along and made such a successful event. I would also like to thank Stuart Williams for his help in organising the day and Gabriel Kan for setting up the live scoring app which adds a lot of excitement to the trip. We will be organising more away days in the new year and further details will follow closer to the time. 

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Back in May we provided guidance on how we can improve speed of play on the course, and we would like to remind you below. 

While it is great to see so many players out on the course enjoying themselves, on busy days the pace of play can suffer. We want to ensure all golfers have the best possible experience when out on the course. Therefore, we ask all Members, guests and visitors to help our Starter and Marshals ensure a steady flow around the course by following the guidelines below. We also ask that you are understanding with our Starter and Marshals – they are on the course to offer support and help ensure you all have an enjoyable round. If you are asked to speed up or call a group through, please do not take offence — we all fall out of position on the course from time to time, but this does not mean the groups behind have to suffer a slow round. Following the steps below will help. 

10 steps to help improve pace of play:   

  1. Arrive at the tee 10 minutes before your time to avoid any delays in starting.  
  2. Golf should be fun; play from the tee box that you feel most comfortable playing from.
  3. Play ready golf.
  4. Do your best to keep up with the group in front of you.
  5. If you do fall behind, call the group behind through.
  6. Spend no longer than 3 minutes looking for your ball, in line with the rules of golf.
  7. If in doubt, play a provisional.
  8. If you can’t score on the hole, please pick up and prepare for the next hole.
  9. Leave your bag/trolley in an appropriate position so you can walk straight to the next tee.
  10. Mark your scorecard away from the green or on the next tee. 

Course News

From Andy Copeland, Course Manager: Aeration, aeration and more aeration! After a long, busy season it was time to work on the agronomy side of the business. It is a vital part of a course maintenance programme and though it can be annoying and disturb play, it really is short term pain long term gain. 

We aerated the greens, tees and approaches on both courses, which were also overseeded and fertilised. We are also tweaking the look around some of the green complex’s with newly cut down areas creating better a visual and playing experience. There will be a few more areas tweaked on the front 9 and you‘ll see them in due course. 

We swapped machines round on the golf course to enhance the presentation of the semi rough. We went from a rotary mower to a cylinder mower giving a finer and cleaner cut around the fairway perimeters. 

This month we have received 47mm of rain. This was over two separate days. One of 10mm and the other 37mm. Once again, we are seeing the rain fall in very sporadic times. It brings flooding in the low points however we are happy to say the bunkers performed fantastically. One bunker took slightly longer to drain than the others but overall, we are over the moon with them. The sand also became very compact after the rain but as they dried up, they loosened up. They need a winter to bed in properly and continual whacker plating the playing surfaces to keep them where we would like them for the start of next season. We will also start revetting the edges of the bunkers towards back end of October. This will be the final touch and it will finish them off (finally!). 

We’re also mapping out a drainage programme to the start at the beginning of November. We have isolated wet points out on the golf course that require a drainage line to be run through the middle, this should hopefully help to dry those wet areas of the course. 

Unfortunately, we’ve started to say goodbye to our seasonal workers as they venture back to uni. We all become very close over the summer working on the bunkers and other jobs and without them we wouldn’t have been able to do nearly as much work as we have done, so thank you Archie, Will and Fyn! 

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Captains’ Update

From Chris Lane, Men’s Captain: 

Starting this article with social events. I am pleased to report that we have 10 teams competing in the Quiz on 1st October, I am looking forward to a fun evening. 

The Sportsmans Evening on Thursday 14th October, and if you are interested, please let me know asap, either with a table of 10 of members & mates. If it’s just you I can fit you in on another table. It should (will!) be an excellent evening. 

Thanks for the support of those in the Quiz and those that have already made contact regarding the Sportsmans Evening. 

Back to the golf, despite losing the last 2 fixtures in the league away at Shendish Manor 5-1 and Hazelmere 5-1 the CBL team won their division. We now go into the final 4, that’s the winners of the 3 divisions and the best runner up. We are drawn away to Wycombe Heights, by the time you read this that match will have taken place. The other semi-final is Princes Risborough v Aldwickbury Park. 

The Foxes as I mentioned last month had advanced through to the quarter-finals, a match away at Aldenham which finished 3-3. One chosen pair from each team played extra holes to determine overall winners and I am delighted to report we won on the 3rd extra hole. Next up our archrivals and now fellow members of the Get Golfing stable Arkley away, that match will again take place before this issue is read. 

Great effort from both the CBL and Foxes squads this year.  Thanks to Dave Brown & Chris Myers (CBL) and Rob Clayton (Foxes) for their outstanding efforts organising the teams. 

A team captained by me entered the Redbourn Shield, and sadly we were not able to repeat the success of the 2017 team and bring the trophy back to Mill Green. 

Congratulations to Stuart Williams who not only won the Foundation Cup, the last of the Race to Le Touquet events, but he also won the Order of Merit over the six events and qualifies for a trip to Le Touquet which I believe is in October 2022. Yes, I know he’s a GG employee… but also a member of Mill Green, Congratulations also go to the Ladies Order of Merit winner Karen Bond. 

Since the last time I put pen to paper I extend congratulations to the latest competitions winners 

  • Dick Watchorn Plate – Robert Davies and Glyn Ratcliffe 
  • Aug Mens Midweek Stableford – Hamza Shariff 
  • Sept Mens Midweek Stableford – Michael Angus 
  • Sept Mens Midweek Medal – Kazuo Nagashima 
  • Sept Mens Medal – Billy South 

The Mens Seniors (Over 55’s) Club Championship will take place on 16th October. 

Play well! 

 

Ladies 

From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: At the end of August the past Lady Captain’s Salver was hosted by Julie Lowman. There was an immensely enjoyable round of stableford golf with many of our past Captains. The event was won by Jackie Drew who scored 36 points and she was awarded the Past Lady Captain’s Salver. A tasty lunch followed before Julie announced her Vice-Captain for 2022 – Anne Westcough – a popular choice. 

Debbie and Steve Barnes were unfortunate to narrowly miss out in the third round of the County Mixed Greensomes, losing to their opponents from Brookmans Park G.C. 

The ‘Solheim Cup’ was played at Mill Green to coincide with the actual event that was taking place in the U.S.A. There were no controversial incidents! Carole Frater headed up the European team and Julie Lowman the Americans. The teams both sported their team colours. The match was won by the European team, this must have been a prediction, because subsequently, the Europeans won the Solheim Cup in Inverness U.S.A. Afterwards there was a themed lunch in the suitably decorated Lakeview Suite. When the Solheim Cup next takes place, we hope to have found a Get Golfing club to play against for the trophy. 

The Vice Captain’s Cup was played for on 4th September. It started with breakfast rolls to set us up for the day. The weather couldn’t have been better, sunny but not too hot. Alison Shanks won the day with 39 points, and another handicap adjustment! The event was rounded off with a cream tea. 

The hotly anticipated final of the Race to Le Touquet took place on the 11th of the month. There were at least 4 ladies who could have won the whole event adding to the excitement. Karen Bond carded a score which was enough for her to win a place at next year’s competition in Le Touquet. Well played to all the ladies who entered. 

On what was arguably the wettest day in September the ladies section hosted its annual Invitation Day. There were 20 players who bravely went out in torrential rain. The course unfortunately began to close itself, and after 9 holes the ladies were called in. After drying out they enjoyed lunch in the Lakeview Suite. The event was won by Debbie Mac, Genny Hill and their guests. My thanks to Liz Sargant, Eileen Davey and Phil Frater who helped me on the day. 

The weekday matches concluded with a draw against East Herts. 

Our Scratch team lost their final match against South Herts in a closely fought match. Well done to all who have represented Mill Green in this league. The deadline for entering the Ovaltine Scratch League for the 2022 season was the middle of September. We are still in Division One, and Karen Bond has once again agreed to organise these matches. We will not know our opposition until early next year. 

Our Pearson Team has drawn against Sandy Lodge G.C, Harpenden Common G.C and Aldwickbury G.C, home and away legs, in the ‘Round Robin’ section of the league. Rosie Meager, assisted by Debbie Barnes, will organise the teams. 

If you wish to know more about the ladies section in any way, please don’t hesitate any of the ladies, just ask the team at Mill Green to point us out to you. 

 

Senior’s

From Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain: As this year gently comes to an end, we look forward to 2022 and the organisation of our events next year. If you would like to take up an undemanding role in our committee or just give us a helping hand, please talk to either myself, John Smith or Peter Aubusson. 

The inter-club friendly matches will be reinstated next year with home and away games against Verulam, Chesfield Downs, Redbourn, Panshanger and Aldwickbury.   

The final of the Summer Knockout is to be between John Simpson and Steve Roberts who despatched myself and Nigel Glover in the semi-finals. Good luck to them both. 

No major events in the last month but a few worthy winners of our Wednesday competitions.  The stroke play was won by, in Division 1, Alan Tweddell with Steve Roberts as runner up. Ray Bloom picked up the sweep in Division 2 with Peter Aubusson in 2nd place.   

Peter Start, Steve Roberts, Graham Williams and David Fowler shared the spoils of our Bogey/Par event. The Millers like to bring a variety of formats into play, so we also had a white and yellow tee stableford on offer. Once again Alan Tweddell reigned supreme in Division 1 with Steve Roberts in hot pursuit. John Grisely and David Fowler came in 1st and 2nd in Division 2. 

Clubhouse News

From Liam Shaw, Clubhouse Manager: Wow what a month September has been! 

Food and beverage has been exceptionally busy with functions increasing, competitions and societies. It’s been fantastic to welcome all the new members and visitors to the club and we hope to see you all again soon. 

BT Sport has now been installed in the clubhouse, and though we have had a few minor issues with the TV’s but they will be fixed imminently. There is a variety of sport available to watch including Premier League and Champions League football. Keep an eye out on What’s On for our specials of Burger & a Pint and our Curry Nights which will often coincide with live sporting events! 

It was great to see Roxy Searle again last week! Great company, great food and great atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming Roxy back again soon. 

This week sees the return of Hobo Chic, please do join us for an evening’s entertainment and cocktails! 

We have more events coming up, the Sportsman Evening on Thursday October 14th and The Autumn Ball on Saturday October 23rd, please check the What’s On page on the website for more details. We hope to see you there! 

We have welcomed new staff to the team, and we hope that they enjoy working here as much as we all do. Unfortunately, we have said goodbye to our Head Chef Kevin, he has moved onto pastures new, and we wish him all the best of luck for the future. The kitchen will continue to be open as normal. 

As we come to the end of the season and the nights are drawing in, the clubhouse will still be open for you to come along and enjoy food, drink, live entertainment and sports. 

 

From Nicola Callander, Events Manager: Due to popular demand our live music nights will be continuing throughout the year with the following confirmed for the next few weeks:  

  • Thursday September 30th – Hobo Chic 
  • Thursday October 7th – Sarah Kershaw  

We will be adding in some new names over the coming weeks so make sure to keep an eye out for them.  

On October 23rd we will be hosting our first annual Autumn Ball with tickets available at £65 per person (members discounts can be applied). Please see below the details of the evening:  

Join us from 6:30 pm for our black tie ball on Saturday 23rd October for an evening of fun, elegance & dancing! 

You’ll be greeted on arrival with drinks & canapes before being served a delicious three-course meal, followed by a night of live music & entertainment. 

Theme: Las Vegas 

Dress Code: Black Tie 

As I write this it’s only 91 days until Christmas and we are looking forward to celebrating the festive season in the new clubhouse. The Christmas party nights have returned and tickets are still available on the 4th, 9th, 10th and 18th of December.  

We will also be hosting the following events: 

  • Christmas Craft Fair – Sunday November 21st  
  • Ultimate Christmas Quiz – Wednesday December 8th  
  • Breakfast with Santa – Saturday December 18th 

Competitions News

On September 11th we hosted the final event in our Race to Le Touquet Campaign, The Foundation Cup. Please see the results below. 

Overall Results 

  • 1st place – Stuart Williams (8) – 41 points
  • 2nd place – Darren Wheston (2) – 40 points
  • 3rd place – Alan Holmes (16) – 39 points
  • 4th place – Tony Whybrow (23) – 38 points
  • 5th place – John Hulse (11) – 38 points
  • 6th place – Matthew Eckland (9) – 37 points 

 Ladies Results  

  • 1st place – Andrea Clark (7) – 37 points
  • 2nd place – Karen Bond (16) – 32 points
  • 3rd place – Cindy Greenhalgh (21) – 31 points 

Nearest to Pin 

  • Ladies – Karen Bond
  • Men – Aaron Clements 

Longest Drive 

  • Men – Gabriel Kan 

 

Below are the final standings for 2021’s Race to Le Touquet: 

Men

PlayerFinal Points
Stuart Williams273
Steve Garwood185
John Hulse175
Richard Gale171
Kevin Pendell161
Steven Hinchliffe153

Ladies

PlayerFinal Points
Karen Bond331
Alison Shanks327
Caroline Tweddell317
Andrea Clark314
Adele Morris281
Cindy Greenhalgh249

Congratulations to all who took part this year and to the winners, Stuart Williams and Karen Bond. Unfortunately, due to Covid travel restrictions, the trip to Le Touquet was not possible and the finals have instead been moved to the stunning Pyrford Lakes (those that came on our away day know what a fantastic course Pyrford is!) Both will therefore travel to Pyrford Lakes this month to compete against winners from the other Get Golfing clubs, with the winner of that event travelling to Thailand to play a pro-am on the Asian Tour courtesy of Singha. We wish both Stuart and Karen the very best of luck. 

The Race to Le Touquet will return next year, and the dates for the finals in Le Touquet have been confirmed as the 26-29th October. Good luck to all those who will compete next year!

On October 16th we will be hosting the over 55s Club Championship. Please visit your online booking account or IG app to book your slot for what promises to be a great competition. 

The diary is packed with plenty of competitive golf for Autumn/Winter and we look forward to seeing as many Members as possible take part – please contact the club if you would like any further information on how to enter competitions. 

Pro News

From Mark Day, PGA Professional: Here are my FREE lessons for MONTH: 

Tuesday October 12th ‘Short Game – Level Up’ 15:00 – 16:00 

Looking to become a better performer around the green? Mark will show you the road map to becoming a great short game player. This session is designed for high handicappers to single figure handicappers and will cover a variety of shots within 30 yards of the flag. Mark will share some top tips, tricks and techniques for lowering your scores along with a way to measure your progress on the course as you play better golf and have more fun. 

Book Here https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/ShortGameLevelUp 

 

Wednesday October 13th ‘Beginners Taster Session’ 11:30 – 12:30 

Mark will introduce new golfers to the game by helping them easily learn how to stand to the golf ball for different shots and how to hold the golf club. Attendees will also get to experience success playing different shots and take those first steps towards getting out on the Par 3 course. This session is a simple and easy introduction to the game with all equipment supplied. 

Book Here https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/beginnerstaster 

Thursday October 14th ‘Putting – Level Up’ 19:00 – 20:00 
 
Looking to become a better performer on the green? Mark will show you the road map to becoming a great putter. This session is designed for high handicappers to single figure handicappers and will cover putts from 3ft to 30ft. Mark will share some top tips, tricks and techniques for lowering your putts per round along with a way to measure your progress on the course as you play better golf and have more fun.
 

Book here https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/PuttingLevelUp 

Community Outreach

From Stuart Williams, Community Development Officer (Education, SEND and Communities), Get Golfing: For this month’s newsletter I thought I would introduce the fantastic team we have here at Get Golfing managing the community events at your sites: 

 

Faydra Mitchell – Community Events Coordinator East 

Faydra has a passion for all things charity and community, from volunteering with local groups to running music festivals. She is a mum to 2 amazing children, and her life is never quiet, but always fun! I love to be involved in all things to do with the elderly or children, especially those with SEN or disabilities, and my real passion is providing activities and entertainment for the community. I’m lucky to be involved in some great music festivals like Local and Live and Tonbridge Calling, and to me there is nothing better than seeing people having a good time at an event you have provided. 

 

Yvonne Brooke – Community Events Coordinator West 

An experienced golf and leisure operator I am really passionate about encouraging more women and girls to play sport. I have created the Ladies Golf Lounge, a Facebook Group for female golfers, which now has nearly 6,500 members. 

The group has given me a platform to support and promote a number of sport related charities, give a voice to women’s golf and allowed me to work with a diverse community which has been amazing and something I’m really proud of. 

My husband and I have 2 children, a 7 year old boy and 9 year old girl, so most of our life is spent as a taxi service (I’m sure many of you reading can relate!) ferrying them around to various clubs, birthday parties and playdates. Hence, I regularly escape to the golf course for some peace and quiet and to recharge my batteries! 

 

Stuart Williams – Group Community Development  

Having worked in education and community sport for over 25 years I have a passion for creating safe, enjoyable and engaging events and opportunities. I enjoy building programs that make humans feel better about themselves and am passionate that we at Get Golfing have an amazing impact on our local communities. I want to create great environments where people (visitors and staff) can help each other, enjoy our sites and contribute to building a better society. 

 

Looking ahead to 2022 

Adopt a school 

We will be announcing the primary and special schools that each site will be adopting as partners for 2022 where we will be offering a wide variety of activities for both students and staff. Golf of course will be included but there will also be music, art, drama, a venue for staff training and our great TAP program that targets FSM & PP children. 

Group Charity Adoption 

Our group charity has now been selected for 2022 with the Anthony Nolan Trust partnering with us. More information with both an education, awareness, and recruitment campaign to roll out next year and an exciting pro-am series planned. 

Local Community Groups 

The team will be working closely with site teams to identify a local group or charity to support for 2022 and whilst we can assist with fundraising, we would prefer groups that can utilise our beautiful spaces (for free) to enhance or expand their provision to local residents 

NHS Blood Donation Partnership 

Over the last 6 months we have hosted Recruitment and Awareness campaigns for blood donation. This month Arkley GC host the team where anyone can come along, find out how they can become a donor and find out their blood type. The event is on Sunday 3rd October and there is also a fun pairs scramble competition if you would like to play this hidden gem. 

What’s On – Arkley Golf Club Arkley Golf Club 

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